Electricity: NDDC Connects 2,000 Ondo Communities, Five LGAs

Mohammed Shosanya

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has completed and connected the 132/33kv electricity sub-station it built at Ode-Erinje in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State to the national grid.

Speaking during an inspection of the project, NDDC’s Executive Director,Projects, Sir Victor Antai, described the power station as a legacy project that would boost economic activities in Ondo State and improve the living standards of the 2,000 benefiting communities in five local government areas of the state.

Antai,according to a statement by Pius Ughakpoteni NDDC’s Director Corporate Affairs, stressed that the NDDC was committed to providing electricity to oil-producing communities in Ondo South Senatorial District that had been without electricity for the past 15 years,stating that the sub-station would be inaugurated this month.

He said: “The power sub-station is a legacy project which is in line with the directive of our Managing Director/CEO, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, to see to the completion and commissioning of legacy projects that will make meaningful impact on the lives of our people.

“The MD/CEO has also directed that we replicate this legacy project across all states in the Niger Delta and we thank the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for giving the NDDC a performing Governing Board that has the interest of the people at heart.

“We are committed to lighting up all the local government areas and the oil-producing communities in Ondo South Senatorial District.

“This is part of NDDC’s mandate to provide infrastructure and development projects in the Niger Delta region. The Commission is committed to fulfilling this mandate by completing all on-going projects.”

The Executive Director, Projects noted that the NDDC had awarded a contract for the total rehabilitation of the distribution network because it was eager to hook up the power lines to the injection sub-station and enable the benefiting communities to enjoy electricity from the national grid.

Speaking further on the project, Engr. Benson Obayelu, who spoke for the contracting firm, said that the scope of the power project covered the evacuation of light from Omotosho with a step down at Ode-Erinje, Okitipupa, through a 132KV double circuit transmission line with two 30/40MVA transformers.

According to him, “the transmission lines run through Ireje with 145 electricity towers that are standing on concrete foundations.”

He said that the scope covers the evacuation of light from Omotosho with a step down at Ireje through a 132KV double circuit line with two 30/40MVA transformers at Okitipupa.

He observed that five local government areas in the Southern Senatorial district of Ondo State that have been without public power supply would be connected when the project was completed.

In his remarks, the Acting National Chairman of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, Dr. Obafemi Ogbaro, said that in Ondo South Senatorial District, nothing mattered more than being connected to the *national* grid of the country, lamenting that his people had been in darkness for many years.

The Ondo State Representative on the NDDC Board, Hon. Otito Atikase, observed that several communities across five local government areas in the oil production belt of Ondo state were eagerly waiting for the lights to be turned on in their localities.

He said that access to electricity was essential for economic development and improving the quality of life of the people, noting that lack of electricity had hindered growth and development in many communities in the Niger Delta region.

Atikase stated: “NDDC’s efforts to provide electricity to these communities will have a significant impact on their lives and contribute to the overall development of the region.

Theft: Police Arrest AEDC Staff,Five Others,Recovers Transformer

Mohammed Shosanya

Operatives of the FCT Police Command have arrested an Abuja Electricity Distribution Company staff and recovered transformer and other exhibits from five other suspected vandals and thieves in Abuja.

The suspects, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh were arrested on April 11, 2024, at about 10:45 PM while acting on credible intelligence.

The statement said that, they were “trailed and arrested by the operatives.

The six suspects, namely Kabiru Muhammed, Aliyu Usman, Abdulmalik Alhasassan, Shafi’u Suleiman, Suleiman Ibrahim, and Raymond Mailabari, who is an AEDC staff, are all males of Tipper Garage, Mpape, Abuja.

“The suspects were trying to escape with an already vandalized transformer they had loaded on a crane truck in Maitama, when police operatives swooped in and apprehended them.

“The vandalized transformer, a crane truck, a blue-colored Mercedes Benz with Reg No. PKN 497 XA, a white-colored J5 bus with Reg No. RBC 228 XC, and an ash-colored Peugeot 406 car with Reg No. GSN 13 AA belonging to the AEDC staff were all recovered.

“While the investigation is still ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh, wishes to reiterate his commitment to ensuring the safety of live and property in the Territory. He also urges residents to be vigilant and take advantage of the police emergency lines to report suspicious activities through:
08032003913, 08028940883, 08061581938, and 07057337653 PCB: 09022222352, CRU: 08107314192.”